“Brent Council does have alternatives to closing libraries” – Wall Street Journal

Kensal Rise LibraryThe story here in Brent is now gaining international media attention, as the Wall Street Journal publishes an article on Brent Council’s decision to close libraries:

Assuming Brent Council is just interested in saving money, it does have alternatives to closing libraries. The same city council that can’t spare Ms. Smith’s libraries plans to spend a total of £100 million on a new nine-story civic center—which will include a new super-library. The council insists the project will save taxpayers £4 million per year, by allowing it to vacate current council buildings. No information yet on how much the council could save by simply moving to cheaper office space, instead of constructing what it aims to be “the greenest building in the U.K.” Forgoing the new center’s wedding garden, winter garden, terrace, and charging points for electric cars might also leave a little more cash for libraries.

Read: Wall Street Journal – Zadie Smith’s Libraries

The story is also covered today in the Daily Mirror. Press coverage also coming in from Italy here and here.

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